Independent and technology-agnostic, whole systems approach to accelerating zero emissions transport
Accelerating clean transport across the UK market
Energy Systems Catapult offer world class systems engineering, working with government, regulators, industry, academia and innovators to overcome barriers and navigate the transition to Net Zero.
The Infrastructure and Engineering team offering specialist knowledge and practical experience in technology development and deployment, considering the technological, engineering, economic, regulatory and policy implications for innovations and investment decisions.
We have technical experts offering insights on Low Emissions Transport from a whole systems perspective:
- Transport – expertise in modelling, analysis and insight into the role of transport in future energy networks, optimising vehicle propulsion systems, consumer perspectives, market and policy frameworks, the physical value chains required to deliver the energy, and the role of new generation technologies in transport decarbonisation.
What we offer
Technology development and deployment
We provide evidence-based guidance to the UK innovation community to help maximise the value of:
- Innovation assessments for new technologies, such as performance and cost characteristics
- Technical due-diligence
- Innovation management capability to support the progression of technologies towards commercialisation
- Market positioning and partnering options to accelerate innovations towards commercialisation
- Techno-economic analysis to assess the competitiveness of technologies and associated innovations in decarbonised future energy systems.
Supporting market and policy development
Our independent, whole systems approach can help develop market and policy frameworks that support new technologies deployed to optimise integration, deliver new services and value streams using multiple energy-vectors (electricity, heat, gas, hydrogen, etc).
Our areas of expertise
Energy Systems Catapult offers UK-wide whole systems models, tools and labs to help governments, industry and innovators navigate to Net Zero.
Integrating the Transport and Energy Systems
Whole system approaches focusing on technical innovations, consumer perspectives, market and policy frameworks.
Consumers, Vehicles & Energy Integration
CVEI models the uptake of cars and vans, transport infrastructure needs, plus insight on consumers, batteries, charging and policy including taxation.
Road Freight Model
Assesses low carbon road freight options with detailed and wide-ranging powertrain data and operating profiles (e.g. long-haul vs. local) to assess fleet implications & infrastructure requirements.
Collaborate with us
The three-year Consumers, Vehicles and Energy Integration (CVEI) project was launched in 2016 to deliver unique and detailed insight on mainstream consumer behaviour with electric vehicles and the changes needed of existing infrastructure.
CVEI examined the barriers and motivators which influence consumers as they trialled a Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) or a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) and an equivalent internal combustion engine (ICE) car.
The study gathered in-depth data from vehicles and charge points for 584,000 miles of journeys and 15,700 charge events, covering both home and public locations, while consumer surveys were undertaken to understand attitudes, perceptions and choices.
Key findings included:
- 95% of BEV drivers and 85% with PHEV chose smart charging over dumb charging, to automatically avoid charging at times of peak grid demand or when electricity is most expensive.
- Mainstream consumers trialling all three types of car said they were willing to pay more for BEVs or PHEVs over an ICE vehicle, as long as the savings on running costs delivered a payback in fewer than 5 years.
CVEI significantly influenced the Government appointed Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce chaired by Energy Systems Catapult chief executive Philip New.
The CVEI modelling datasets – are now owned by the Catapult (see above).
UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) commissioned Energy Systems Catapult and the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK to explore different pathways for reducing freight emissions from Heavy Goods Vehicles.
With little industry momentum and a severe lack of workable low emission prototype vehicles, the challenge was to develop an accurate and usable modelling tool to provide evidence that encouraged the UK transport sector to embrace cleaner alternatives.
Rather than focus on vehicle weights (like most existing models), we focused on the specific use cases (e.g. long-haul vs. local depot deliveries) to identify the technical specifications needed to achieve zero emissions and the infrastructure that will need to be in place to support the vehicle uptake.
The tool was used to engage the Department for Transport on:
- Including operators’ decision parameters and behaviours into modelling to better inform policy interventions and align operators’ choices with the required deployment of technologies and infrastructure.
- Assessing how policy decisions can support freight operators and infrastructure roll-out to facilitate carbon-free powertrains.
Collaborate with us
Offering expertise in modelling, analysis and insight to support technology development and deployment or market and policy development in low emission transport.Contact us